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June 23, 2008Romel Dismuke always knew he had the ability to compete at the Division I level, all he needed was the chance to prove it to college coaches.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound cornerback from Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio got that chance this month as part of a bus tour that hit several college camps across the Midwest and it paid off as he made a verbal commitment Monday afternoon.
"He made a verbal commitment to Cincinnati about noon today," said Dismuke's father, Phlenoid. "He got up this afternoon, and me being the dad I asked him if he followed up with (UC) after camping there Friday."
That follow up call went to UC assistant coach Charley Molnar.
"It was pretty much a done deal," Phlenoid Dismuke said. "He asked how Romel felt about Cincinnati and Romel said UC was one of his top choices. We asked how they feel about Romel and (Molnar) said he put up great numbers and they might offer him."
From there, the Dismukes informed the Bearcats assistant coach that the rest of the scheduled summer camps would be canceled if an offer were extended.
"We told him we had some more camps to go to in July but if they were going to offer him we could expedite it and get it out of the way and that's what we did."
Dismuke impressed college coaches during each stop of the bus tour.
"He's on this bus tour and he's done well at all the camps he went to," said Phlenoid Dismuke. "They went to Bowling Green and he did well, then they went to Northern Illinois and he was like the No. 1 guy at that camp-all his numbers were great. Then they went to Eastern Michigan and he didn't even finish the camp. They offered him before the second half of camp even started."
From there, Dismuke and the bus tour traveled to Pittsburgh and again he aced the physical testing portion of the camp and put on a show in the one-on-ones. The Panthers talked about extending an offer, but it's too late now.
With his commitment out of they way, Dismuke will focus on his senior season.
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